By Samuel Oyadongha & Emem Idio, Yenagoa
The Governor of State Government, Senator Douye Diri, has appealed to resident docs within the state to not embark on their deliberate industrial motion as it’s doing all the pieces doable to handle their grievances.
He made the plea throughout a gathering between the state authorities and representatives of the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, and the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, in Yenagoa.
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, maintained that his administration was already addressing 2 out of the key calls for of the Association and emphasised the necessity to shelve the strike motion, because the state is experiencing a significant well being disaster following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic which had ravaged tens of 1000’s of lives within the nation.
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His phrases: “We are conscious of your working situations which have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. Health amenities are overstretched within the nation and so this isn’t the correct time to go on strike.
“But let me guarantee you that two of the three scorching points you’ve got raised on this assembly are already being tackled by the current administration due to the premium we place on our well being sector.
“Like you rightly identified earlier, these points have been lingering earlier than the current administration got here in. But we’re making frantic efforts to handle a lot of the points. For occasion, on the problem of employment, His Excellency, Governor graciously permitted the employment of some docs and nurses within the NDUTH as we got here on board.
“So, we appeal to all Resident Doctors not to go ahead with your planned strike action. There is a spike in the cases of COVID-19 and the state government is doing all it can to contain the spread of the dreaded virus.”
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Senator Diri expressed his administration’s gratitude to the sacrifices and invaluable contributions being made by docs and different well being practitioners, significantly within the dealing with of the COVID-19 an infection and different epidemics previously.
Earlier of their separate remarks, the President, National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Okolobiri, Dr Oru Inetsol and his predecessor, Dr Tuko Evans recognized the disparity in earnings between docs working in federal and state-owned well being establishments on account of improper placement when it comes to the wage scale.
Other urgent wants, in keeping with them, embody enhanced hazard allowance for medical personnel, acute scarcity of manpower and upgrading of the well being amenities, significantly on the NDUTH.
Also, Chairman of the state NMA, Dr Peter Alabrah urged the state authorities to cultivate and make sure the implementation of the Residency Training Act, which he famous was crucial in grooming healthcare professionals.
Others who made contributions on the assembly embody the Chief Medical Director of the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, Professor Dimie Ogoina, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Inodu Apoku, Technical Adviser on Finance, Mr Maxwell Ebibai and his Treasury, Accounts and Revenue counterpart, Mr Timipre Seipulou.